Hailing from the Puget Sound, Mts. & Tunnels blends lyrics of love and yearning with vocal harmonies and vintage baritone sax. Singer/songwriter Chris Poage has synthesized his varied influences (from 40’s Jazz to Lou Reed) into an eclectic mix of wistful love songs and footstomping R&B. With two albums, three singles, and a feature on Network TV, Chris and his band have honed their live show into an experience not to be missed. They have played Northwest festivals like Once, Summer Meltdown, NW Folklife, Downtown Sounds, and Fisherman’s Village Music Fest.
Mts. & Tunnels was recently recruited by Jason Webley to write songs about a scrapbook that Chicken John found in a San Francisco dumpster. It was a mysterious collection of clippings surrounding the life of Everett, WA’s founding daughter, Margaret Rucker. As fate would have it, Sarah Schmidt (vocals) lives on Rucker Hill, blocks from Margaret’s childhood home in Everett. The Mts. & Tunnels song: Dear Margaret, was published in a beautiful compilation CD / Book combo. Available online and at their shows.
In 2012, Mts. & Tunnels’ self titled debut album, was captured in a frenzied burst of creativity by producer Mel Dettmer (Femi Kuti, Publish The Quest). Seattle weekly called it “Cozy, old-school garage rock filled with bluesy guitar riffs.” In 2013, a single for their song Pictures was recorded with Mike Coykendall (M.ward, She & Him) and released on limited edition 7” lathe cut records. 2014 saw the completion of their second full-length album “For A Day Or A Lifetime”, produced by TJ Berry (Panda Conspiracy). This record features the talents of pedal steel master Bill Patton (Fleet Foxes, Low Hums). N.W. Music Scene Blog called it “An energetic jamboree of instrumentation and talent”.